was born about 1740 most
likely in Ireland, probably North Ireland
parents are unknown. He first appears in Cecil County
Maryland records in the List of Taxables of Octorara
Hundred 1766, page 82
from Inhabitants of Cecil Ct. MD
1649-1774 by Peden.
After his name is (Beal). I
do not know what it means. Then he is listed 1779 as part of Petition
of Tenants of Susquehana Manor. page 41,
areas are in the northwest part of the county.
Peden also noted even earlier McMasters
County, John McMaster
in 1740, and Barnet
in 1752. I do not know of any
connection to our family, but certainly it is possible.Then there
are suggestive items found in Buried Genealogical Data by
It contains lists of letters
left in Post Offices in or near Philadephia. There were two
letters in paper addressed to Robert McMaster
Nottingham. One dated Aug 9, 1759, the other Jan. 3 1760.
So I can envisioned a young man leaving his Scottish home and
anxious parents sending letters that never arrived. It is
the right place, but i cannot confirm that it is our Robert
The first documented sign of him being in Cecil county is on
Jan 19, 1773 Robert McMaster
purchased a mare and a colt
from Samuel Cresswell
. Cecil county Deed, vol
13, page 111.
r wed Margaret Murphy
1768-70, and we are guessing here. but it is believed that she was
his only wife and bore all his children. Gary Burns The
McMasters of Cecil county.
documentation as of 1793. From Cecil County Will
Abstracts by John McCoy # 206
is the will of John Murphy,
page 347 in will book, written on Sept 15, 1793.
will John Murphy names his daughter Margret McMaster
wife of Robert McMaster
is named one of
the two executors. a witness was Samuel McMasters
probably son of Robert and Margaret
According to Mr. Burns, Robert and Margare
had the following children. He places them in this
order, If I differed I explained why
1. Mary McMaster
she wed David Archibald
2. Jane McMaster
she wed John Fisher
3. Sarah, "Sally" McMaster
4. Robert McMaster
born in 1782, he wed Martha W.
t in 1822, he died March 4, 1849 at age 67 years, 11
months and 20 days. The date and age are given on his tomb at
Cemetery. Find a Grave
. So the math says he was
born March 15, 1781.
5. Samuel McMaster
Mr. Burns has him after 1782, however,
if he did indeed witness the will of John Murphy
he would have been older than 11 years. I would put him
closer to 1775 and probably the oldest son. and if he were >16
in 1790 probably 1772 - 1774. He died in 1821.
6. Keziah McMaster
wed Thomas Fisher in 1821
7. Andrew McMaste
r wed Ann Dobbin
about 1813. She
died after 1820. Andrew
remarried about 1826 to widow Margaret Watson.
He died in
8. Rebecca McMaster, it is believed she died fairly young.
The only birthdate actually known is that of Robert Jr.
who has age listed on his tombstone. The others are all
is listed Intendants Ledger B, folio 134
on June 15, 1785. This from the Maryland Archives
Revolution War Records
. I don't know what the
Intendarts were ????
In 1785 Robert McMaster
patented property in Susquehanna
Manor. It was just over 210 acres and was named
A brick home was built on the land
between 1785 and 1802. It is still standing and being
lived in. From The Nottingham Lots: A Tercentenary
Celebration 2001 by the East Nottingham Trustees.
However, there is a document created for the McMaster Nesbitt
on the Maryland Historical Trust Inventory for
State Historic Sites
. This says the house was built
about 1830-1840, It is on Waibel Road west of Battle
Battle Swamp is now called Woodlawn. The
house which sits on the bank of Basin Run Creek just next to a
bridge that was out of service for a while.. The original
structure is brick now painted yellow with a large wood 2-story
addition behind. The McMaster
family lived there for
many generations. Pat. Cert. #636.
Census Cecil County North Susquehanna Hundred 1790
family listed: the names given are my guesses and they truly are
just guesses except for the 2 Roberts.
3 males > 16
2 males < 16
The 1810 Cecil County Census page 62, Northern Township
not found 1800.
1 male < 10
1 male 16-25
3 males 26-45
1 female 26-45
1 male > 45 Robert
1 female >45
I cannot put in names, but I believe it very likely that in
both census grown children were living with Robert and Margare
with their families.
In 1793 Robert
and Margaret McMaster
signed the Oath
, becoming Naturalized Citizens on Feb.
1793. It stated Robert'
s birthplace was Ireland
was not given.It also stated they lived in
The will of Robert McMaster
was written April 4,
1812 Cecil County Clerk of Wills, will book GG 7, page
. I only saw one page, but believe there is
more. Robert named:
to get 1/2 plantation
to get the other half. when Samuel
died in 1821, his heirs were his siblings and they sold the
plantation to Robert jr.
$200 to get in 4 payments of $50.
daughter Mary Archibald
daugther Jean Fisher
was named without any designation
that I found on the one page
daughters Sarah & Rebecca McMaster
- 10 pounds sheep
there may be more, but I don't have it.
died March 16, 1816. I do
not know where he is buried. I do not know when Margaret